Intel X25-M 80GB SSD, Intel Ups The Ante - HotHardware

Intel X25-M 80GB SSD, Intel Ups The Ante

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Intel's new line of SSDs looks pretty much like any other Solid State Drive on the exterior, but it's the interior components that make up Intel's "special sauce".

 

 

The outside label of the Intel X25-M 80GB SSD shows a model number of SSDSA2SH080G1GN and it's described as a 2.5", 3GB/s SATA SSD 80GB, 5V, 1A.  As you can also see, we have an engineering sample here that is Pb-free (lead free, RoHS compliant) and made in China.

Under the hood is where all the magic happens, and as you can see save for one 128Mb Samsung DRAM chip, this SSD is all Intel inside.  The Samsung DRAM is a rather shallow cache buffer at 128 megabit versus megabytes.  This memory is temporary scratch-pad storage for Intel's flash memory controller ASIC.  This chip provides access to 10X NAND Flash channels and offers features like Native Command Queuing and up to 32 concurrent read/write operations.  In addition, this chip also offers a standard wear-leveling algorithm so that the erase/re-write cycle endurance of the drive is evenly spread across all memory locations. 

Intel's Adaptive Memory Controller Technology
Finally, and most importantly, Intel's flash memory controller offers dynamic workload adaptation such that the drive will actually adjust on the fly to specific workload conditions.  For example, install this drive into a laptop and over time it will adjust and optimize to the OS and standard application workload and access pattern requirements for the most active file sizes and read/write operations you run.  If you then re-purpose the drive into another type of installation or dramatically change your traditional storage workload, the drive will have to re-adapt to your new usage model and in the interim, performance will be degraded temporarily (we actually witnessed this in a benchmark run).  We should note that a user's workload usage model would have to change fairly significantly for it to affect short-term performance.  Regardless, this is a performance optimization that you will see pays dividends in our upcoming benchmark runs.
 

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Dang I really want 1 of these bad @zz drives!

Based on the performance, I'd have no problem droppin 4-5 bills on it... if I had the money.  :(

You might think I'm crazy for my willingness to come out of pocket, but 80gb drives are all I use because I don't require much storage space since I don't have a big music collection, only keep 2-3 games installed @ once and don't store any vids on hdds.

BTW: If HH offers 1 of these as the prize for the next contest, expect to see me post about 1000% more than usual!!!

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Wow you said it would be from a big player. Didn't see Intel coming though. Also didn't see that speed coming. Great review. I am now much more excited about SSD.

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It's nice to see actual performance on par with claimed performance for a change. The write speeds are a little lackluster, but they are made up for by uniform performance, high throughput, and class leading read speeds. These drives certainly deserve to command a premium over their competition, but double the price is a little excessive. This drive would be fantastic for an OS drive, although 80GB is a little restrictive. The 160GB model would allow a lot more room to breathe.

I am even more anxious now to see how the soon to be released Samsung 256GB MLC based drive will stack up, both in terms of performance and price. With claimed read performance inline with these new drives from Intel, and write performance far eclipsing Intel's (MLC), SSDs are really starting to get interesting.

Nice one HH! I was eagerly awaiting this.

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The price is steep, but the performance is sweet. Things are going to be great when competition brings the cost down on these.

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I musta missed something... what is the MSRP anyway? 

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A arm, leg, and your first born!

or $600 one or the other can't remember which.

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Good stuff...and the first born you say...how about the last 1 he's mean as hell...they would give me a dozen or so of em just to take him backBig Smile

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The youngest always the figherWink

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http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9369&Itemid=1

Fudzilla clams a 160gb SSD on the way from Intel. Now thats getting in the usable range.

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I'll be picking one up for my next build, go Intel!

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